A woman, who was part of the group of Devdasis protesting outside CST on August 15, has alleged that a constable molested her during the demonstration.
On Sunday, six women from the Maharashtra Niradhar Devdasi Mahila Sanghatna staged a protest march by removing their blouses outside CST. They were protesting against the state and Central governments, who have left over seven lakh widows and two lakh devdasis to fend for themselves.
They wanted to march to Mantralaya, where Chief Minister Ashok Chavan was going to hoist the national flag.
The six women were stalled by the police and booked for displaying obscenity in a public place. While they were being taken to the police station, a constable allegedly molested one of the protesters.
“While the constables were taking us to the police station, one of them touched one of the protesters inappropriately," said Vilas Rupavate, the group's convenor.
On Friday, a group of women belonging to the below poverty line, gathered in the MRA Marg police station to lodge a complaint. According to the police, the women have not been able to name the constable.
However, they have said that they will be able to identify the constable in an identification parade. “We have received the application. Within a day or two, we will be able to identify the constable and solve the matter," said a senior officer.
“Without a steady income or social security, a large number of these women have to survive on alms. The ones who do not beg are insulted owing to their lack of financial independence," said Rupavate.